Wyo4News Mid-Day Recap: January 27, 2022

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January 27, 2022 — Here is a recap of this morning’s top Wyo4News stories.

**** Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County announced yesterday they will no longer be providing rapid tests for those who need a test to travel or have scheduled an out-of-town surgery.

According to Memorial Hospital Emergency Department Director Kim White, “With our current resources in the Emergency Room, at Sweetwater Walk-In Clinic, and at the COVID-19 Drive-thru Swab Station, MHSC soon will be unable to do same-day tests.”

At this time, Memorial Hospital is only able to secure Curative tests through its swabbing station. To receive a COVID-19 test, you are asked to make an appointment at curative.com for a shallow nasal swab at the hospital’s collection station. It then takes a few days to receive the results. More information is available at sweetwatermemorial.com.

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****  Wyoming’s the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell from 3.7% in November to 3.3% in December. Wyoming’s unemployment rate has been trending downward for several months and is much lower than its December 2020 level of 5.2%. That report showed Sweetwater County’s December unemployment rate at 2.9%, down from 6.8% in December of 2020, but slightly up from November’s 2.8%.

**** Beginning this spring, visitors to Yellowstone National Park will be able to make advance online reservations for backcountry permits. The new system is a direct response to public requests for an online backcountry permit reservation system and is a collaborative effort between the National Park Service and the website Recreation.gov. According to Yellowstone Park officials, moving to an online system allows backcountry users to check availability in real-time and receive instant confirmation when reserving a trip.

**** Governor Mark Gordon has responded to an announcement by the Bureau of Land Management that Andrew Archuleta has been selected as the new BLM Wyoming State Director. The Governor stated he was looking forward to meeting  Archuleta in the very near future to, “discuss the numerous urgent issues Wyoming has proactively addressed throughout my administration. These include oil and gas leasing and other energy development; the important role of livestock on Western ranges; migration corridors and other critical wildlife concerns.” Archuleta will report to the BLM WY State Office in late February.

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 **** The Wyoming Cowgirls defeated Boise State last night 61-47 in Laramie. The win raised UW’s record to 3-4 in the Mountain West and 7-9 overall. The Cowgirls will host Nevada Saturday afternoon.

The Wyoming Cowboys will play at Air Force in a late Friday afternoon game. Tip-off is scheduled for 4 p.m. Friday with broadcast time at 3:30 on WyoRadio’s 99.7 JACK-FM and 99KSIT.com.

**** In the latest WyoPreps high school basketball polls have been released. In the girls’ basketball rankings, Lyman remains second-ranked in the 3A poll with the Green River girls ranked eighth in the 4A poll.

In the boy’ poll, Lyman is #5 in 3A with Farson-Eden #7 in 1A poll and Green River # 8 in the 4A poll